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First Annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics Takes Place November 3 & 4 in Wooster, Ohio

Wednesday, October 26, 2016  
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The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association will welcome 151 high school students from across Ohio for the first annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics (OHLO), the only event of its kind in state.

Ohio high schools and career centers with horticulture programs were invited to participate in OHLO, an educational competition where students interested in careers in the green industry can test their hands-on skills.

Students from 17 schools will compete in ten events in the afternoon on Thursday, November 3 and throughout the day on Friday, November 4th at the OSU ATI campus in Wooster Ohio. The event will end with an awards ceremony.

Competitive events include planting and design, installation of hardscape materials such as a paver patio, irrigation assembly, truck and trailer operation, skid steer operation, plant identification and cost estimating and sales presentation. Students will be judged individually and as teams by representatives from Ohio landscaping companies.

Industry representatives and landscape companies from across the state will meet with the students participating in the Olympics during a career exploration fair on Thursday, November 3 from 4–5pm.

Participating Schools:

Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
Auburn Career Center
Buckeye Career Center
Delaware Area Career Center
Gates Mills Environmental Center
Jackson High School
Knox County Career Center
Marysville High School
Medina County Career Center
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
Patrick Henry High School
Penta Career Center
Portage Lakes Career Center
Talawanda-Butler Tech
Trumbull Career and Technical Center
Upper Valley Career Center
Wayne County Schools Career Center.


OHLO is sponsored by: Columbus State Landscape Alumni Association, GreenScapes Landscape Co., Brightview Landscaping, EMI - Environmental Management Services, Inc., Hemlock Landscapes, Inc., Rice's Nursery & Landscaping, Inc., Ryan's Landscaping, Wolf Creek Company

Competition Event Sponsors: Benchmark Landscape Construction, Inc., Bobcat Company, Columbus Builder Supply, Columbus State Community College, EMI - Environmental Management Services, Inc., Hidden Creek Landscaping, Ohio CAT, Peabody Landscape Group & Willoway Nurseies, Inc., The Ohio State University ATI, and Wolf Creek Company

Additional Sponsors: Five Seasons Landscape Management, Grunder Landscaping Co., Hidden Creek Landscaping, M.J. Design Associates, Inc., Mike & Paula Lynch

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